own the day

3 Tips to Own the Day

When it comes to career hacking, you want to be a baller when it comes to productivity.

Joel Bein
Joel Bein

When it comes to career hacking, you want to be a baller when it comes to productivity.

If you're going to stand out from the crowd, what are your habits going to be?

Are you going to get right after it each morning, creating value?

Or is your day going to pass you by?

Here are 3 tips to own your day:

1)  Do the Most Important Task first

Don't check your email or phone until the Most Important Task is done in the morning. That task is likely your hardest and highest leverage task. Get it done first, before the outside world pulls at your attention.


2) Use the Pomodoro technique


Focus is key in today's world. A great way to buckle down and focus is the Pomodoro technique. Traditionally this means setting a timer for 25 minutes, then taking a 5 minute break. You could shoot for 4-10 pomodoros a day.

(Pomofocus.io is a good tool for this).


3) Move Your Body, and Rest


Productivity is not always working as hard as possible, but rather as smart as possible.

This means sharpening your mind.

A great way to do this is integrate little "movement snacks" throughout the day, e.g. 10 pushups, or a quick yoga pose.

You could also do a 20 minute nap in the afternoon, like entrepreneur Ben Greenfield swears by. This will reset your mind for a supercharged afternoon work block.


Do What Works for You


Ultimately, you want to do what works for you. Test things out so you can optimize your day. Don't get obsessed or perfectionist, though. What matters most is keeping your eye on your main purpose, and driving towards it with conviction.

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Joel Bein

Joel Bein is CEO at Career Hackers and passionate about personal growth and self-driven learning. As a classically trained musician, he is Founder of the New Orleans Chamber Players.